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Today's News

  • Gardeners love ‘magic potions’

     Thirty-plus years of working in horticulture as taught me many things: don’t prune your sister-in-law’s Japanese maple, run away as fast as you can when a potential client describes themselves as “easy to work with” and be very careful when criticizing magic potions and botanical dogma held in high esteem by some gardeners. But, being a bit of an April fool (Happy April Fool’s Day everyone), I will make my way to the end of the branch and see how quickly I can saw it off behind me. It certainly won’t be the first time I fell out of a tree.

  • Gardeners love ‘magic potions’

     Thirty-plus years of working in horticulture as taught me many things: don’t prune your sister-in-law’s Japanese maple, run away as fast as you can when a potential client describes themselves as “easy to work with” and be very careful when criticizing magic potions and botanical dogma held in high esteem by some gardeners. But, being a bit of an April fool (Happy April Fool’s Day everyone), I will make my way to the end of the branch and see how quickly I can saw it off behind me. It certainly won’t be the first time I fell out of a tree.

  • Skip the jelly beans

     After Halloween, Easter is the second biggest candy holiday in the United States. According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) more than 120 million pounds of Easter candy is purchased each year. This includes 16 billion jelly beans, 90 million chocolate bunnies and an untold number of marshmallow Peeps.

    That’s a lot of sugar!

  • Five tips to keep your pet safe this spring

     I love spring in coastal North Carolina: Warm weather, blue skies, and cool breezes. Spring means awakening from winter’s hibernation and emerging into outdoor activities. It’s a time of birth, hope, and renewed energy. It’s also the time our pets face significant health threats.

    Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during spring.

  • Do you take too long to make decisions?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    “It’s your decision.” Few words bring about such power, and such fear.

    And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a business decision or a personal dilemma.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully — too carefully, in some cases.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    I see thy glory like a shooting star

    Fall to the base earth from the firmament.

                      William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2, scene 4

     

  • Lewis holds county’s third Opioid Task Force meeting

    A group of nearly 100 community stakeholders in Brunswick County and surrounding areas gathered March 28 as part of the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force, led by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Lewis initiated the task force to address the specific needs regarding the growing opioid addiction epidemic in Brunswick County.

  • Early followers were people of the way

     Early followers of Christ were not known as Christians, but as people of the Way. This nugget of information has always intrigued me. Perhaps the intrigue is evoked by the various movements that still arise in society. Early on, there was an understanding that following a person was itself a recognition that each day is a unique opportunity to enter the process of dying and rising. We have models, examples, in the various persons who opted for Christ as described in Scripture.

  • The best pasta dishes are simple and use fresh ingredients

     Pasta is available in fresh and dried forms. Fresh pasta cooks much quicker than its dried counterpart. Most of us use the dried form since it’s readily available, and it’s what we’re used to, but once you’ve used fresh pasta, you might not want to go back to its dried form.

     

  • County gets name out by helping with Wilmington events

    Brunswick County residents will represent the county, and try to draw a few visitors across the bridge, by participating in the North Carolina Azalea Festival this weekend and the Wells Fargo Championship Golf tournament May 1-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington.

    Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said a contingent of 30 Leland residents will assist with the Azalea Festival parade.

    “It’s a group of individuals, different people from all over Leland,” she said. “I’ve always said we have the best volunteers.”